Staff

Leadership Team

Jennifer Gill ONZM

Jennifer Gill ONZM

Chief Executive Officer

In 2004 Jennifer became CEO of Foundation North after 10 years as Executive Director of Fulbright NZ. Her career in philanthropy began in 1985 when Sir Roy McKenzie appointed her as the Executive Officer of his personal foundation, the Roy McKenzie Foundation. She has been a Trustee and Chair of the J R McKenzie Trust and is currently a Trustee of two family grant making trusts. She was a founding member of the board of the Wellington Regional Community Foundation, the Funding Information Service and Philanthropy NZ. Jenny recently retired from the board of Philanthropy New Zealand after twenty years’ service. Recently Jenny has been a member of the Asia Pacific Philanthropy Consortium as well a participant in international meetings on current issues in philanthropy hosted by the Rockefeller and Volkswagen Foundations. Jenny has contributed to the growing literature on philanthropy in Australasia and is frequently asked to speak on philanthropy. In 2017, Jenny received an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to philanthropy.

Liam Sheridan

Liam Sheridan

Chief Financial Officer

Liam joined Foundation North in February 2016 and was most recently CFO at ProCare, Auckland’s largest primary care organisation. Prior to roles he’s held at Auckland and Counties Manukau DHBs and Lion Nathan, Liam has worked in a number of private and public sector organisations in both New Zealand and the UK. He holds degrees in mathematics and business studies and is an ACA member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. Liam has an interest in organisational performance reporting especially combining financial with non-financial reporting.

Chloe Harwood

Chloe Harwood

Strategy, Planning & Evaluation Manager

Strategy, Planning & Evaluation Manager Chloe oversees strategy and evaluation development at the Foundation, while also managing policy development, communications and planning. She has been closely involved in the Foundation’s continuing efforts to become a more strategic and innovative grant maker. This has seen the Foundation adopt a mixed portfolio approach with a continuation of traditional community grants alongside more “venture philanthropy “ approaches. This has included the development of innovative and targeted funding such as the Foundation’s Catalysts for Change Programme, Māori and Pacific Education Initiative (MPEI) and GIFT (Gulf Innovation Fund Together). These funds have been designed to provide flexible support to grantees seeking solutions to complex and challenging issues in the Auckland and Northland regions. Chloe has developed an evaluation and monitoring framework for the Foundation which aims to demonstrate both the impact of the Foundation's funding as well as share what the Foundation is learning about effective philanthropy. A graduate of Canterbury University, Chloe has previously worked for Britain’s National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA), where she awarded funding to innovative and pioneering learning projects.

Raewynne Jacobs

Raewynne Jacobs

Funding Programme Manager

Raewynne has been employed by Foundation North as the Funding Manager since October 2013, relocating from Hawkes Bay. Prior to her role with Foundation North, Raewynne was employed as a Donations Assessor with Eastern and Central Community Trust. She has extensive experience in working in community development with both the Department of Internal Affairs, the Ministry of Social Development and also with her work here at Foundation North. Raewynne has also had experience in grant making having spent a number of years working for the Lottery Grants Board as an Advisor and Team Leader. Raewynne enjoys the arts, sports and exercise, entertaining and spending time with her family. She continues to be enthusiastic about her work and empowering community to access funding and guidance.

Anna Palmer

Anna Palmer

Corporate Services Manager

Anna coordinates the provision of corporate services to the Foundation, including information technology, contracts and procurement, facilities management and general administration. She has been with the Foundation North since 2005. Before joining the Foundation, Anna worked in communications, procurement, facilities management, training and research in the not-for-profit, public and private sectors across a number of industries, both in New Zealand and internationally.

Alison Taylor

Alison Taylor

Head of the Centre for Social Impact

Dr Alison Taylor was appointed by Foundation North to head the Centre for Social Impact after joining the Foundation to lead the development of its high engagement funding programmes and capacity support programme. Alison is also a Trustee of the Vodafone Foundation New Zealand, and has held a number of senior public health and social sector leadership roles in the UK and New Zealand. After travelling to Australia on a Winston Churchill Fellowship, Alison came to New Zealand in 1996 to take up a role at North Health as a Public Health Manager, she became CEO of the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand, then the General Manager of the Ministry of Youth Development before setting up Sinclair Taylor Consulting in 2007, providing advice and support to the philanthropic, health, youth and social sectors.

Funding

Vailoa Milo-Harris

Vailoa Milo-Harris

Team Leader

Vailoa brings to Foundation North a wealth of experience from 20 years of working in the public and the private sector. Her recent work as a consultant, project management and community development advocate, is an asset to Foundation North. Vailoa holds a Bachelor of Social Science Degree from the University of Waikato, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Southern Cross, Australia and is an Associate Member of the NZ Institute of Management. She is of Samoan descent and speaks Samoan fluently.

Marilou Sambajon

Marilou Sambajon

Grants Coordinator

Marilou is the Grants Coordinator supporting the grants team. Before joining the Trust in January 2007 she was Assistant Manager at Student Job Search Auckland. She holds a degree in commerce and administration from Victoria University and a Diploma in Business Studies (Finance) from Massey University. She has also worked as a forensic administrator in the Institute of Environmental Science and Research’s Wellington office.

Lisa Kidwell

Lisa Kidwell

Grants Advisor

Lisa joins the Foundation from the Department of Internal Affairs. Born in Papakura, and of Ngati Whatua and Ngati Kahu decent, she has over 20 years’ experience working in the Public Sector in Northland. Lisa has a Diploma in Public Sector Service Delivery for Maori and has worked with the Department of Labour, New Zealand Employment Service, Te Puni Kokiri and in grant making and community development. She is a proud mother of two children and nana to two mokopuna.

Claire Rosanowski

Claire Rosanowski

Grants Advisor

Having returned from her OE, Claire joined Foundation North in March 2016. Claire is a Nelsonian with experience in the Philanthropic sector in New Zealand and the UK. She is passionate about working with communities to make positive transformations and volunteers with several not-for-profit organisations. She has a degree in Communications from the University of Otago and in her spare time loves being outdoors, cooking and doing yoga.

Audry McLaren

Audry McLaren

Grants Advisor

Audry joined Foundation North in July 2016 and was most recently consulting in the sport and recreation sector. Audry has a broad range of experience ranging from sports facility feasibility assessment to working in high performance sport. Of Samoan/Chinese – Falkland Island descent, Audry is a first generation New Zealander born and raised in Auckland. She graduated from AUT University with a Bachelor of Sport and Recreation and from Victoria University (Melbourne) with a Graduate Certificate in Career Counselling for Elite Performers (sport). Audry is passionate about yoga, and has a very busy family life with her partner, two fantastic sons and a much loved dog.

Connie Lee

Connie Lee

Grants Advisor

Connie joined Foundation North in May 2016 and was most recently a Community Advisor with the Department of Internal Affairs. She brings a wealth of experience having worked both in the public and private sector. Connie is well connected to her community in the North Shore through various committee roles and is an avid badminton player. Born and raised in Auckland, she graduated from Auckland University with a both a bachelor’s degree and a Post-grad diploma in Science. Connie is fluent in English and Cantonese, and is currently learning Mandarin.

Semi Asafo

Semi Asafo

Grants Advisor

Semi joined Foundation North in May 2017 after living in the Middle East for six years. Semi brings a range of experience from the Banking, Education and Legal sectors. Of Samoan descent, Semi was born and raised in Auckland. He is fluent in Samoan and is involved with the Samoan community. Semi holds a conjoint degree in Commerce and Law from the University of Auckland and has been admitted to the Bar. Semi and his wife have a young family of five very active children.

Annie Johnson

Annie Johnson

Clerical Assistant

Annie is the Foundation's clerical assistant. She joined Foundation North after seven years as a school office manager. She has an extensive background in administration and finance. Born in Auckland and of Cook Island descent, Annie lives in West Auckland and is the proud mother of three children and nana to two grandchildren.

Strategy

Cyril Howard

Cyril Howard

Māori Strategy Manager

Cyril brings to the Foundation more than 15 years experience as a grants assessor with the Local Government and Community Branch of the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA). He began his career as a Community Worker in Mt Roskill and also spent three years working as a Gaming and Censorship Compliance officer, auditing gaming machine trusts for DIA. Cyril’s strong sporting background has seen him playing at representative level for NZ Touch, Auckland and North Harbour Māori Rugby, Under 14’s NZ Softball and Auckland and NZ Māori Rugby League. Cyril is of Nga Puhi descent and calls the Hokianga home.

Ross Burton

Ross Burton

Information Analyst

Ross is responsible for data management, analysis and reporting plus the evaluation and monitoring of grants after they have been awarded. His background is in administrative and database management, process improvement and project management. Ross has previously worked in central and local government, in the not-for-profit sector and in the private sector. Ross has been with Foundation North since 2005.

Jannitta Pilisi

Jannitta Pilisi

Senior Pacific Strategy Manager

Jannitta joins Foundation North with a strong background of leadership in Pacific community organisations and the Not For Profit sector. She has successfully undertaken a number of local and international consulting projects which include business systems design, governance, strategy, leadership development and legal advice. As a proud Kiwi-born Niuean, Jannitta also has extensive experience as a senior executive in the tertiary education sector, recently completing a contract with AUT University's South Campus in a community-engagement role.

Shalini Pillai

Shalini Pillai

Senior Policy Analyst

Shalini  joined the Foundation in 2006. Originally from Malaysia, she has lived in New Zealand since 1989 and has also worked overseas as a development worker for a street children's programme in Vietnam, a development instructor in India. Shalini worked in the Foundation's Catalysts for Change programme before leaving to work with community organisations supporting young people. She is now back at Foundation North, working in policy development and strategy implementation. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Economics and Geography, as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Development Studies. Shalini is particularly drawn to grass roots community development with an interest in women's empowerment and poverty alleviation.

Kim Collins

Kim Collins

Project Manager, Hauraki Gulf Partnership Project

Originally from Palmerston North, Kim attended secondary school in Auckland and has been a resident of Waiheke Island since 2004. Her academic background is in psychology and sociology where she developed an interest in supporting and inspiring positive community change. Through roles in Local Government and the not for profit sector Kim has over 15 years’ experience in grant making and working with community organisations. Through her work at Foundation North Kim has developed a strong passion for the environment and wants to help create a better planet for future generations. Outside of work, she can be found spending time with her high spirited pre-school son, wrangling weeds or experimenting in the kitchen.

Lisa Ridehalgh

Lisa Ridehalgh

Communications Co-ordinator

Lisa joined Foundation North after eight and a half years in a marketing role at Kaipatiki Project Environment Centre in Glenfield. Before emigrating to New Zealand from the UK in 2008, Lisa worked in communications and marketing for not-for-profits in the social housing and public film archive sectors in the north-west of England. When not at work, Lisa enjoys running around after her teenage triplets, spending time out in the bush and going to the movies.

Kirstie Davies

Kirstie Davies

Librarian

Kirstie has experience in small specialist libraries in diverse fields including investment banking, television production and immigration. She has a Masters in Library and Information Studies. She lives on the North Shore with her husband and primary school children.

Corporate Services

Jenna Keightley

Jenna Keightley

Executive Assistant

Jenna has an extensive background in insurance administration and has also worked in a number of executive level support roles across many industries. She joins Foundation North in January 2016 as the Executive Assistant to the Leadership Group. Jenna was raised in the Bay of Plenty and relocated to Auckland in 2001. She now lives in West Auckland with her fiancé and son, and in her spare time enjoys fishing, camping, rugby league, entertaining and gardening.

Julie Courtnell

Julie Courtnell

EA to CEO, CFO & Board of Trustees

Having spent most of her life in Whangarei and relocating to Auckland in November 2000, Julie has strong ties with both the Auckland and Northland communities. With a New Zealand Diploma in Business, Julie has extensive experience working in executive support roles within both local government and the not-for-profit sector. Julie lives with her husband in Mission Bay, where they spend the majority of their downtime exercising and/or enjoying the outdoors.

Lucy Earnshaw

Lucy Earnshaw

Senior Administrator

Lucy is Foundation North's Senior Administrator based on reception. She has previously worked in administration support roles in hospitality, law and media. Lucy holds a BA (Hons) degree in Criminology and Sociology. Outside of work Lucy is a keen runner and enjoys yoga and travel.

Laura Taylor

Laura Taylor

Administration Assistant

Laura joined Foundation North as an Administration Assistant in July 2017, having previously worked in administration roles in the public health sector in England and Auckland. Laura graduated from Leeds Beckett University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Laws with Honours and began travelling the world soon after. Having arrived in New Zealand in 2015, Laura fell in love with the country and decided to stay longer than originally planned. She loves travelling, spending time with her partner and friends, bush walks and lazy, summer days at the beach.

Finance and Investment

Craig Innes

Craig Innes

Accountant

Craig has worked as an accountant in the marine, travel and apparel industries. Most of his time has been spent in the marine industry working for a super-yacht management company through two exciting Americas Cup defences. Craig holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Auckland University and is also an ACA member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants. He grew up in Kaipara Flats, where his family have lived and farmed in the area for five generations. Craig now resides in Mt Albert with his wife and two children.

Jackie Shand

Jackie Shand

Assistant Accountant

Jackie joined Foundation North in 2012 and apart from her finance role is also responsible for all matters related to the payment and monitoring of grants once they have received board approval. Previously she worked in a finance and administration role in the telecommunications industry for a non-profit membership group for almost 10 years. She is South-African born and started her career in the banking industry before immigrating to New Zealand in 1997. Jackie holds a NZ Business Diploma and a Bachelor of Business Degree and is a member of the Accounting Technician College of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand. She is married and has 2 adult daughters and lives on the North Shore. She is an avid reader and enjoys keeping fit and tramping.

Matthew Stratton

Matthew Stratton

Investment Administrator

Matt manages the day-to-day relationship with the Foundation's external investment managers, custodian and advisor. Before joining Foundation North in Jan 2001 he spent five years as an investment analyst at Sovereign Funds Management, responsible for all New Zealand asset classes. Prior to that he was the Operations Manager at Citigroup. Matt began his career with a New Zealand-based funds management company in 1985. He has since worked for fund management companies based in Sydney and London. He holds a Diploma in Business Finance and a New Zealand Stock Exchange Diploma.

Natasha Penn

Natasha Penn

Finance Assistant

Natasha Penn is new to the work industry and has just completed her studies at Manukau Institute of Technology. She is of Samoan descent and resides in South Auckland. Natasha enjoys spending time with her family and being involved in church activities.

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